The Detroit Lions suffered a few notable injuries during Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, and now nearly 24 hours after the game has finished, we have a little more insight into what happened.
Perhaps most worrisome was Ameer Abdullah, who left the game in the fourth quarter after appearing to roll his ankle. Abdullah limped off the field, but remained on the sideline with his helmet on for the next drive. However, he did not return to the game and during the final two crucial drives of the game, Abdullah remained sidelined without a helmet.
But it looks like Abdullah’s injury is not too serious. In fact, Jim Caldwell told the media after the game, that Abdullah felt “good” late in the game and was even cleared by doctors to return, if needed.
Detroit opted to keep Abdullah on the sidelines, utilizing both Zach Zenner and Theo Riddick in the backfield for the end of the game. Still, it seems Abdullah escaped without a serious injury.
The news doesn’t appear to be as good for linebacker Paul Worrilow, who left during the first quarter of the game against the Vikings. Worrilow was carted off with a big wrap around his knee.
Though Jim Caldwell would not confirm it, Worrilow reportedly has a sprained MCL:
Jim Caldwell wouldn't comment on it, but Lions LB Paul Worrilow suffered a sprained MCL on Sunday— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 2, 2017
While not as serious the dreaded torn ACL, a sprained MCL could put Worrilow out for 2-4 weeks according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Lions were already short on linebackers Sunday, as Jarrad Davis was inactive for the second straight game while he continues through concussion protocol. However, it does seem like Davis is nearing a return.